Saturday, December 29, 2007
Our Christmas day was nice and relaxing, but everything up to and then after has seemed to be at break neck speed for me. I have so much that I feel was left undone. Especially all the fabric I bought to make little gifts and ornaments and stockings. It's all folded up and some of it is still in the bags I brought them home in. Maybe I'll get it out in September next year, instead of waiting until December to even think about that sort of thing.
My birthday is Monday, and I've been thinking about my age a lot. I know it's just a number, but I feel a LOT younger than 39. Is it possible that this is my last year in my 30's? How did that happen? I can't say I'm depressed about it, but I am feeling a little weird.
So not only am I thinking about some resolutions for the new year, I'm thinking about how I want 39 to look. There's a lot of reflection going on here, people!
I've got the usual suspects, of course... drink more water, lose more weight, get organized, but can I just say, BLECH!
I love what Ali Edwards does every year. She chooses 'one little word' and that is what she tries to cultivate for the year. Isn't that neat? My problem is choosing just one word. I think in phrases, like, Be A Grown Up, or Take a Breath, or Don't Be So Negative or Give Yourself a Break.
I think what I really need is a big do-over.
I need to start fresh with a totally clean and organized house. No piles, no excess. Why do I hang on to so much crap?
I need to go back to my wonderful eating habits and forget these 10 pounds I've packed on since Thanksgiving. (I really, really thought I had a handle on all of that, but evidently my eating monster has not been fully quieted.)
I NEED to start every day having had a full nights sleep. There's nothing worse than starting a new day feeling like the old day is still with me.
Do-over is hyphenated, so I don't think that counts. How about Fresh? Yeah, I think I like that.
Fresh can encompass my house keeping, my sleeping habits, the ability to give myself a break every now and then. Start clean, look forward, stay positive.
Off to bed for me, so I can start off tomorrow... Fresh!
Monday, December 24, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
The first requirement for any long drive is bringing along every last thing you own. My little back seat dwellers have to squeeze their bodies in to their spots, but they are happy that way, so I let 'em.
Donuts! There are about fifty pictures of food signs, lots of cloud shapes and of course, hay!
They love to shout, Hey! To make me jerk upright from a light doze wondering why they need to be seperated now, but they really mean "Hay". They think it's funny.
There are also at least a dozen pictures of various rocks, up the nose shots and freckle shots. Yup, that's right. Close up of freckles, moles, beauty marks, what have you.
The End. Thank God for digital cameras.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I'm pretty proud of myself. The biggest compliment was when my oldest daugther asked if we could share it.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I told my husband I had some errands to run, but he's smarter than that, so I had to confess that I was on my way to Target, in the Big City, and that if I didn't have a Starbucks latte in the next 45 minutes that I would begin to scream and who knows when that would have ended.
He sent me off with his blessing, after he tried a couple ways to deter me. But I would not be deterred.
I left at 10:22 and by 10:59 I had a sugar free vanilla latte with whip in my hands. Explosion averted.
I had a great bit of alone time, swimming in a sea of faces that were not recognizable to me. It was quite a relief. I did run into a couple of people from my small town, but I just kept on moving after a little bit of small talk.
I headed to Old Navy, Kohl's, Aeropostal (who had the most amazing 70% off rack!), Bath and Body (better get there quick if you want any more Vanilla Bean Noel lotion, they are almost out), and then finished up at Target. I got a little something for everyone and feel like I got a good start on my Christmas list.
I could have stayed all day, but had to be back to pick up kids from school. It was good, though. Really, really good.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
1) I love all types of office supplies. I can keep myself quite busy in a Staples. Sharpie pens are my favorite, but any type of organization system, paper supply, desk equipment, etc. makes me quite happy.
2) I believe that pajamas are a gift from God and that everyone should own a pair. There is nothing quite like a Sunday afternoon in flannel bottoms.
3) If big foot isn't out there now, I think that once he was there. I was raised in the Pacific Northwest so I feel that my opinion is the right one. I also believe in the Loch Ness monster. :)
4) In my non-scientific opinion, I believe that time travel is totally possible. How else do you explain deja vu? I'm working on my theory. Maybe I'll post about it sometime.
5) I was required in elementary school to cross all my 7's and Z's and close the tops of my 4's. As an adult, I have found that this bothers some people but I can't break myself of the habit.
6) I rarely buy things online/mail order because shipping costs really bother me. I have to really love something or not be able to find it in a store before I'll order it through the mail.
7) I eat a lot of taco salads. It's my 'go-to' meal when I can't think of anything else to make.
Pretty random, I guess. Now, I'm off to make dinner. Taco salads, it is!
Friday, December 07, 2007
Have you ever noticed how bad days always start on the day before.
I had big ambitions to get the whole house clean, the bottom floor at the very least, in order to pull out all the Christmas decorations. But, life happened and I didn't get everything done. Decking the halls will be postponed for just a bit.
Yesterday was a good day, even though I didn't get my to do list finished. But, because of the unfinished list, and the decision to stay up late and watch TV, this morning was not a pleasant one.
Woke up, didn't exercise. Woke up again, 30 minutes late. Grabbed a shower, did my makeup (with the new Loreal minerals stuff, which I LOVE!!) put in the hot rollers of doom... Note to self, hot rollers in a rush only provides poofy hair. Didn't eat breakfast, didn't make my tea. Wasn't gentle on a tangled head, couldn't find a sports jersey, was guilted to death because of said jersey... now he's going to serve a detention and it's all my fault... Ugh. Late to work, dressed all wonky, hair all wonky...
I get to have Chinese food at lunch with a friend.
I did get a shower, so even though I'm not dressed right for work, at least I smell good. (Seriously, I look like how my children look when I'm not at home and my husband sends them to school. He's an awesome dad, but he doesn't care about the shoes matching the outfit and the if there are too many sparkles or if pig tails have symmetry. In other words, I'm looking a little sad today).
I have tomorrow off, so I can catch up on everything I didn't do Thursday and transform my home into a Christmas paradise this weekend.
Oh, and if I look some more I'm sure I will find multiple ways to pull myself out of this bad beginning and have a much more pleasant middle and end. Send up a little prayer for me!
Off to work. I'll put on a smile and no one will even notice the other stuff.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Every family has to donate six dozen cookies and then the community comes out to choose a variety of their favorite cookies, which then makes it unnecessary to bake their own cookies.
It's a pretty good system and I love it, because people pay me to bake their six dozen. I don't, however, participate in the actual purchasing of other cookies. It grosses me out. I don't know what kind of kitchen those cookies came out of, or if you smoke or washed your hands or had the flu. I can't help it.
But, if you are my friend and you bake for me, I will accept your gift. I have been in your house, after all.
Monday, December 03, 2007
Can I just say... it was totally awesome. So much fun to watch my little perform with such confidence in a great big place. They took away second in the light division and had a division rating in the pom segment. They were 4 tenths away from another division rating in the kick routine, which was great, but there were some other pretty great kickers out there.
The most fun was the all guys groups. You'd think the chippendales had walked in with the way the girls all went crazy. All the boys were total nerds, but for three minutes, they were rock stars. Look out, Soulja Boy.
Big hair is alive and well in Iowa.
We also got to go to a real mall in Des Moines. A lovely, wonderful mall with Starbucks and Pottery Barn and great big giant ornaments draping off the ceilings. It's probably a good thing that I don't have access to malls like that everyday.
I'm really proud of the girls on our squad. They acted like ladies and their sportsmanship was incredible.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Unfortunately, the baby will need to age about a year before being able to fit into it. Also, the yarn looked more feminine when it was on the skein, so I worry about it being a little boy-ish. Oh well.
Baby wear is right up there on the instant gratification scale of knitting.
Next up... Blocking and sewing up the sweater I finished for myself last winter. Then I will be an official knitter of adult wear.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Carrie and her sister sponsored an internet swap with "Cozy" as the theme. They paired us up and gave us a couple of interview questions about what cozy means to us and how we celebrate the holidays. Then we filled a box for each other.
Here is what I sent. The rolled up ball is the pair of wrist warmers that I showed a few posts back.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I have finally taken charge of the situation! I started small with the bathroom, but colors have been chosen for the living area and the kitchen, too.
I didn't really choose the bathroom color, it sort of chose me. I am a very thrifty, frugal type. I like nice things, but if I can get it cheap, or better yet, free then I'm happy!
I thrifted this new flat bed sheet for $3.00 to turn into the shower curtain, valance and wall hanging. Not sure I like the wall hanging, but something had to go there.
The paint is a mistint that I got for $5.oo. It was extremely nice paint, no splatters or gobs or drips. I think it normally goes for $30.00 gallon. Of course, you can't choose your color for that price, but the color wasn't totally gross, so I got it.
Good bye, ugly palm trees!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
That is why these pants really appeal to me. Ingenious to use high thread count, softened over the years sheet fabric to make pajama bottoms. I don't know why I didn't think of it before.
Reducing, re-using and recycling at it's best.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
We have a family tradition for birthdays. Everyone gets to pick their birthday meal, and everyone usually picks Red Robin. Every now and then, there is a Chuck E. Cheese thrown in, but we can usually count on at least a few trips to our favorite burger place each year.
The picture of us in black is from this time last year. The new picture (me in white) is just a couple days ago.
I've been losing weight this year, and I guess I didn't realize the transformation I've been going through until my daughter pointed these out to me. I've lost over 60 pounds (most of it from my face it seems, yikes!)
When I was younger, I just wanted to lose weight to look better in my clothes. This time around I was battling high blood pressure, borderline depression and I was one cookie away from being diabetic. It was all about getting healthy and staying alive. My dad died at 41 and since I am just a hop, skip and jump away from forty I decided I wanted to be around a little longer than he was.
Still, I sometimes can't get over the physical transformation I've gone through and am still going through. I love it. I feel great now that I don't have to melt myself down and pour myself into clothes that don't fit.
I am so very grateful to my friends who have helped me along this path and the steps that I have learned to become and stay a healthy person. Maybe blogging helped play a small, little part, too. Not that I'm pouring my heart out over here or anything, but I can come here and write a little and share some things about my life. So, thank you, too, friends.
So, I'm in a great mood! I'm feeling hopeful and thankful and ready for life.
Thanks for letting me share this triumph with you.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
I'm trying to decide how I want to use them. I might keep pens and such in them on my desk, or use them to fill up with candy for little gifts. Or maybe just use them to drink out of. We'll see.
I am in the process of switching out all of our plastic containers to glass. I've been on the hunt for small, old corning ware casserole dishes with lids. I need lids! I've had pretty good luck with our thrift stores but they still want quite a bit for them.
If your grandma decides to clean out her cupboards, let me know!
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
They are in the ground, and now we wait. We wait for them to lie dormant, for snow to cover the ground and for the eventual re-warming period that we think will never come. Then sometime in May, we will have beautiful flowers. Yay!
Spring seems a long time to wait to reap the benefits of our hard labor. But, of course, we know it will be worth it.
There is snow in the forecast for next week. Fall is much too short here, and spring is a long, long time away. But our little patch of fresh dug earth will remind us that we have something to look forward to.
Tulips are such hopeful little flowers.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
There can also be extra kids in my room, which is embarrassing, because I know all their moms keep their rooms much cleaner than I do, but that's another topic. Anyway, most of my kid's friends know what room to find them in.
So I was not too surprised to discover a teenage boy jumping up a few feet to knock on my window, trying desperately to get my attention. I think I caught him off guard when I went to the window to ask if he thought I was my daughter.
There are teenage boys banging on my house. Sigh. I am the mother of a teenage girl.
At least I can take small comfort in the fact that the back of my pony-tailed head still looks girlish. But I am not looking forward to shooing boys away from my lovely daughter for the forseeable future.
And to think, I have two more girls who will be teenagers someday, too.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I knocked at a stranger's door to ask to borrow a leash. This is small town America where you can borrow stuff from strangers. They had one handy and I said I would be right back.
Well... the closer I got to home, the more this dog didn't look right. He seemed a little heavier and lighter colored. When I came to our front door, I knocked and asked my husband, "Is this our dog?"
It wasn't. In my defense, it was dark out. I am not a dog thief.
I got the dog back to where he belonged, where he promptly ran off again, but the owner didn't seem too terribly worried. I returned the leash and came home to take a good, hard look at my dog.
I'm glad I wasn't bitten.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Just look at that price tag. That's about a thousand percent off.
I also got the pretty green sweater for under ten bucks. Now I just need to visit my local friendly consignment store for a couple of sweaters to round off my fall wardrobe.
I'll also start hunting for a cute pair of boots and gets some tights. I'll get what feels like a whole new wardrobe for less than $100.00.
I love a good deal.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
So here are some links to stuff I like.
This is funnier to me now that I work at a library.
Medieval Help Desk
THE PRETENDER... I really, really love this video. It makes me want to go out and fight some foo.
Thank you very much for your kind comments on my previous post.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
see red trees ~ tread far, carefree daze
qwest fer rest, easy days
far few, fewer
crazed drawer fever
dratted sad wear
Now a real poet wouldn't feel constrained to tell you what her poem was about, but I can't help myself. I'm not a real poet. It's about how every fall I am compelled to clean closets and dressers after periods of doing nothing.
Go here to see how it's really done. This guy is a real poet.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
The birds are beginning to abandon their nests and I am all of the sudden ready to build mine.
I want to paint the living room, get out the sewing machine, start my own esty shop, finish the knitting and crocheting things I left behind in May, write a book... maybe even blog a bit! I want everything clean, clean, clean and smelling fresh. I want open windows and hot tea and bread in the oven and friends at my table.
It makes me so sad sometimes, that these moments are just spurts for me. I want to make a lovely home (a la Sally Clarkson) where there is peace and good smells and quiet talks. But mostly there is chaos and a busy feeling and messes and piles and calendars and STUFF!
I really am not busy just for the sake of being busy. I tend to dislike people who sigh and tell me how much busier they are than everyone else. I have the job, two teenagers and two littles and laundry and errands, no different from any other gal out there. I love it. I just wish I did it better, balanced easier.
So, all this to say, fall is here! With it's slower pace and cooler 'in-door' days I hope to get the initiative to get things pulled together. And figure out how to keep it together. I have the desire, it's just to the point where I don't know how to start.
But I will start! First thing Monday. :)
With that, I will leave you with this quote that I saw on someone else's blog recently... If your house is really a mess and a stranger comes to the door, greet him with "Who could have done this? We have no enemies." - Phyllis Diller
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
the people on the animal channel to come and train my pets to not scratch or sit on the new furniture the HGTV people will give me.
Gunnar Peterson to work his magic on my abs with his Core Secrets.
the Super Nanny to come train my children to pick up their dirty clothes and do their chores without having to be nagged to death.
Extreme Makover people to give me a really nice hair cut.
Bare Essentials. I really, really do!
I'm an infomercial/prime time special just waiting to happen.